That idea is backed up by the fact that Sony itself recently registered a trademark for Sunset Overdrive. While by no means a confirmation that the company will make a sequel, it does mean that it could.
Smith – who directed Sunset Overdrive, and is directing Ratchet and Clank: Rift Apart – also made clear that he’d like to try his hand at a sequel: “I think there are a lot of stories that can be told in that universe and I would love to return to it. I had a lot of fun making that game.”
It’s perhaps no surprise that some of the Insomniac team wants to return to Sunset Overdrive, as it’s still an influence on the studio’s newer games. “What we found with developing Sunset Overdrive, and one of the things I think worked really well in Spider-Man, is giving the player a bigger move set to tackle their challenges than is strictly necessary,” Rift Apart director Mike Daly said to IGN.
“Since you have so many more permutations of ways to handle threats or navigate spaces than you did before, it feels a lot more personal and customizable, like you had really solved that problem, which makes all the gameplay that much more satisfying.”
Sunset Overdrive was an anarchic, comedic open-world game released in 2014. Despite a positive reception – including a 9/10 review from IGN – a sequel never materialised, a decision that Insomniac put firmly at Microsoft’s door. Members of the studio haven’t been shy about wanting to return to the idea in the years since.
Insomniac’s recent success with other games could be the only thing in the way of a Sunset Overdrive 2. Its Spider-Man series has been a huge success, with a sequel very much set up, and Ratchet and Clank continues to charm. But maybe, just maybe, it could squeeze in a trip back to Sunset City one day soon.